The Public Health Law Network
Cristina M. Meneses, J.D., M.S. is staff attorney with the Network for Public Health Law - Eastern Region. Cristina has worked in health care law and policy in various forms: through litigation, legislation, developing trainings for health care providers and providing technical assistance for legal advocates. Cristina joined the Network for Public Health Law after working as a disability law attorney representing individuals with claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Cristina also spent two years at Georgia Legal Services Program, where she litigated on behalf of low-income Georgians in the areas of health, family, public benefits, employment and elder law. In addition to litigation, she initiated and developed a taskforce of legal and health care providers to address health care and legal access issues faced by limited English proficiency individuals. Prior to her career in law, Cristina developed expertise in health policy work with a focus on eliminating health disparities. As a recreational therapist, consultant and instructor, she empowered clients to overcome the physical and psychological barriers they faced in their lives, while tackling systemic issues in the care facilities where she worked including racism, classism and discrimination based on sexual orientation and religion. Cristina is a member of the Georgia and Washington D.C. Bar and awaiting admission into the New York Bar. She received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2008, an M.S. from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2005 and a B.S in Recreation Therapy from Ithaca College in 1999.